Sonntag, 25. April 2010

How to shave


My Sunday started with a shower and a close shave.

I learned that the average man will shave about 20,000 times in his life. Seems like a hell of a lot. To avoid pain, here’s how to do it right:

Prepare:
First and most important point: The hairs of your beard need to be soft. Best way to achieve that is to shave directly after you hit the shower. Otherwise, hold a damp, steaming towel against your face for a few minutes. This will have the same effect and will relax your skin.

Shaving cream:
Apply cream from a tube on your wet face with a badger-hair shaving brush. Whip the cream with hot water into a rich lather. Shaving mugs will do best.

Shave:
You’ll need a sharp blade. And I mean sharp. First, draw the razor with the grain of the hair, then re-lather and make a return stroke against the grain. As the first stroke will remove about 90 percent of the hair, the second stroke will do the rest. Never use too much pressure. The blade will do the job. And it doesn’t really matter if the razor has 3, 4 or 5 blades. It needs to be sharp!

Protection:
When you finished the shaving, take a towel and rub the remaining foam off your face. This has the same effect as a peeling and will help your skin recover.
Then rinse your face with cold water, to close the pores of your skin. Then dry your face with a towel. After that, apply a non-alcohol-based post shave balm.

Result:
I use this technique for many years and never had some skin irritation or razor burns or whatever. Maybe it will work for you too?

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